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August Events...

  • Antwerp Queer Arts Festival
  • Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival
  • Birmingham SHOUT Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • California Independent Film Festival
  • CINEMQ
  • East Village Queer Film Festival
  • Edinburgh International Television Festival
  • Fantasia Festival
  • FilmPride
  • Flame Con
  • Florida Film Festival
  • Glasgow Short Film Festival
  • Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival
  • Houston Qfest
  • Locarno International Film Festival
  • Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival
  • Macon Film Festival
  • Melbourne International Film Festival
  • Molodist: Kyiv International Film Festival
  • Norwegian International Film Festival
  • ORLANDO: identity, relationships, opportunities
  • Outfest - L.A.
  • Outshine Film Festival - Virtual
  • Rainbow Reel Tokyo
  • Rhode Island International Film Festival
  • Sarajevo Film Festival
  • Sundance London
  • The Palace International Film Festival
  • Vancouver Queer Film Festival
  • ​​Brighton Rocks International Film Festival
Belfast Film Festival

Belfast Film Festival

***PLEASE NOTE!!*** We ONLY accept FICTION shorts either MADE IN IRELAND, north or south - or made by an IRISH writer/director (See below: Rule 3 in T&C's) If you have made a short doc, please submit to the SHORT DOCS section.


The Belfast Film Festival celebrates it's 20th birthday in 2020. The event has grown and developed hand in hand with the evolving culture of film patronage and filmmaking in the city.

We believe that film should be an experience, and so, as well as presenting the best in new, short and classic cinema during our festival, we’ve set ourselves apart by having site-specific screenings.

For us, site-specific cinema means hosting the classics of the silver screen in surroundings that enhance and intensify your experience of our films. To prove we’re serious, we’ve screened Evil Dead in the Ormeau Park, Cool Hand Luke in the Crumlin Road Gaol, The Breakfast Club in Christchurch Library, Odd Man Out at The Albert Clock, 2001: A Space Odyssey at the Titanic Dry Dock and Jaws in the Bangor Aurora swimming pool.

In addition, we pride ourselves on experimenting with media in all its forms: we’ve presented cinematic collaborations, like our showing of La Traviata in the beautiful St Anne’s Cathedral, with an accompaniment by NI Opera’s Young Artists’ programme, or the horror masterpiece Suspiria at the Waterfront with live soundtrack by Italian rock band Goblin, to name but a few.

Then there’s our short film programme, this provides a platform for fledgling filmmakers from across the island of Ireland to showcase their work. The winning film receives a cash award and a Belfast Crystal trophy.

Short Film Competition

Audience Award

Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award

Réalta Award (for individuals who promote social justice activism through film) John Cusack and Ken Loach are two previous recipients.